Top 25 Marijuana Strains Guide 2017

Top 25 Marijuana Strains


With hundreds, possibly even thousands of cannabis strains to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones to choose. This list compiles the top 25 most popular and best cannabis strains on the current market. Here you will find information about each strain including its individual THC and CBD content as well as general characteristics of the plant and the high.


  • Blue Dream

THC Content: 15-25%, CBD Content: 0.1-0.2%

Blue Dream, also known as Blueberry Haze, was created in 2003 in Santa Cruz, California. The lineage of this strain can be traced back to Afghani, Thai and Mexican strains. The strain itself is a cross between indica Blueberry and sativa Haze, hence the name. While technically a hybrid, it is still considered to be sativa-dominant.


The high from Blue Dream is generally reported as above average in strength over other comparable strains. It’s also generally a clear high that is mostly focused in the head, rather than the body. Overall, Blue Dream creates a well balanced high that most consumers enjoy which is what makes it so popular.


  • Sour Diesel

THC Content: 19-25%, CBD Content: 0.1-0.3%

Sour Diesel, sometimes shortened to just Sour D, is a popular strain that is easily distinguished by the fuel-like smell of the flowers. The exact lineage and ancestry of Sour Diesel is unknown, though it is believed to have originated sometime in the 1980s or 1990s. The parent strains are thought to be a mix between Chemdawg, Northern Lights, Diesel and/or Super Skunk, although there is no definitive record. In addition to the pungent odor, Sour Diesel is also commonly identified by its vibrant red pistils that appear on the buds.


The high usually comes on quickly and is primarily felt in the head. Oftentimes, users report an upward shift in their mood after consuming Sour Diesel. The high typically settles into a mental euphoria and a slight bodily relaxation. It’s also said to promote creativity and many people credit their artistic inspiration to Sour Diesel.


  • Girl Scout Cookies

THC Content: 17-28%, CBD Content: 0.09-0.2%

Girl Scout Cookies, often shortened to simply GSC, was created in California. The strain itself is a hybrid between OG Kush, another hybrid, and Durban Poison, a sativa. GSC is one of the most popular strains to be grown indoors because it is very hardy.


The high from GSC is generally reported to come on very strong, but mellow out into an even body and mind high. Most users report feelings of complete euphoria with GSC. In some cases, a mild psychedelic effect can happen. The high also usually lasts for longer than many other strains.


  •  OG Kush

THC Content: 19-27%, CBD Content: 0-0.3%

Most, if not all, current Californian strains have OG Kush in their genetic makeup. The parent strains of OG Kush are unknown, but the most popular theory is that it’s a hybrid between Hindu Kush and Chemdawg. There are several popular phenotypes and crossbreeds of OG Kush, some of which we will go over shortly.


The high from OG Kush is generally said to be energizing and to cause a significant upswing in mood. It’s a great strain for social settings like parties, concerts, etc. The euphoric effects are great for those who struggle with things like depression and anxiety.


  • Pineapple Express

THC Content: 15-26%, CBD Content: 1%

The popular strain, made even more appealing by the comedy of the same name starring James Franco and Seth Rogan, Pineapple Express is a well-balanced hybrid. The parent strains are Hawaiian, a sativa and Trainwreck, a fellow hybrid. The buds are dense like most indicas, but have the long and tapered shape of sativas.


The high from Pineapple Express tends to creep up on users slowly. It begins as more of a mental high, with a mild change of perception. Mild psychedelic effects have been reported as well. As the high escalates, it begins to descend over the whole body and promotes a state of complete relaxation.


  • White Widow

THC Content: 18-25%, CBD Content: 1%

White Widow is a popular hybrid that rose to fame in the 1990s. This strain is found worldwide and is well balanced with a roughly 60:40 sativa/indica ratio. White Widow is also commonly referred to in music and was a focal point in the popular show, Weeds. The strain gets its name from the fact that it is usually covered in white crystals. The parent strains are South American and South Indian Indica.


The high is a nice mixture between body and mind. It allows the user to remain mostly cognitively aware but promotes a general state of calm. Many people suffering from conditions such as depression, anxiety and/or PTSD benefit greatly from this strain.


  • Grape Crush

THC Content: 10-12%, CBD Content: 0.1-0.3%

Grape Crush gets its name from the distinct purple color of the buds. The parent strains are unknown but it is thought to have Blueberry somewhere in its lineage. The strain was created to be grown outdoors primarily, but with proper care can be grown indoors too.


The strain is a well balanced hybrid, which means the high is nice and balanced as well. Some sources say it is a even 50:50 ratio between indica and sativa, although the effects take on more of an indica feel. The high is primarily cerebral, with users reporting complete euphoria and a very relaxing sensation. Many users feel a sharper sense of focus as well.


  • White Rhino

THC Content: 14-20%, CBD Content: 1%

White Rhino is a very popular indica strain. It’s a potent strain, due to the relatively high THC content. The exact parent strains are unknown, although White Rhino is a relative of another extremely popular strain, White Widow. The plant is known for producing extremely high yields.


The high from White Rhino is known to creep up slowly. Oftentimes, the full effect isn’t felt until after several hits. Because it is an indica, the effects are very sedative and relaxing. Many consumers use White Rhino to treat insomnia and help them to fall asleep faster.


  • Green Crack

THC Content: 13-24%, CBD Content: 0-0.1%

Green Crack is a great sativa strain known for its intense sativa effects, although its lineage comes from Skunk #1 which is technically a hybrid. The name was coined by popular hip hop/rap artist, Snoop Dogg. The strain was originally known as Cush but Snoop Dogg renamed it after experiencing the energizing effects.


The high from Green Crack is mostly mental and gives users a great boost of energy, mental clarity, and razor sharp focus. Many users report great inspirational effects from this strain. Some consumers report mild feelings of paranoia when consuming large amounts of Green Crack, though many users feel their symptoms of anxiety are lessened by this strain.



  • Jack Herer

THC Content: 15-24%, CBD Content: 0.03-0.2%

Jack Herer is named after a cannabis activist who wrote an extremely influential book back in 1985 book. The book, titled The Emperor Wears No Clothes, is still an important resource for current activists fighting for reform of cannabis laws and legislation. The parent strains are unknown but the lineage is thought to contain Haze, Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk.


The high from Jack Herer is primarily cerebral and comes on strong. Because it is a predominately sativa strain, the effects are energizing and uplifting. Many consumers report that the high induces conversation and encourages social behavior.


  • Bubba Kush

THC Content: 15-22%, CBD Content: 0.06-0.1%

Bubba Kush is an extremely popular indica hybrid. The strain is said to be a cross of OG Kush and a Northern Lights phenotype. Prior to 1998, Bubba Kush was only available as a clone, but now it can be grown from seeds as well.


The high from Bubba Kush is a typical indica heavy high, with relaxing and sedative effects. The effects begin as mostly cerebral but as the high develops it moves over the body and creates a true ‘body melt’. Most users report that cognitive function is left unimpaired with this strain.


  • Gorilla Glue #4

THC Content: 18-32%, CBD Content: 0.05-0.1%

This famous strain is known for being very potent, averaging around 23% THC. However at some dispensaries the THC can be up to 32%. The name comes from the incredibly sticky resin that is produced. Gorilla Glue #4 has several parent strains including Sour Diesel, Sour Dubb, Chem’s Sister and Chocolate Diesel.


The high from Gorilla Glue #4 is reported as a full body melt. Although the strain is sativa-dominant, the effects are mostly indica in nature. The cerebral effects generally consist of an uplift in mood and a mild boost in energy although your body may not want to cooperate.



  • Hindu Kush

THC Content: 15-23%, CBD Content: 0.5%

Hindu Kush is a pure indica strain that has been around for decades. The first seeds were brought to the United States back in the 1960s and 1970s by fellow cannabis enthusiasts. Because the plant is native to the mountain range of the same name, it has developed a thick, protective coat of crystals. This makes it a popular strain for hash-makers.


The high from Hindu Kush provides an overwhelming state of calm and relaxation, as most indicas do. The high generally comes on slow and then settles into a strong sedative state. Many users report the ‘couch-lock’ effect with Hindu Kush.


  • Skywalker OG

THC Content: 20-30%, CBD Content: 2%

Skywalker OG is an extremely potent strain. The parent strains are Skywalker and OG Kush, making the THC content very high and the effects profound. The strain is technically a hybrid but the effects are very indica-dominant.


The high is reported to be very heavy and often leaves users completely couch-locked. The effects are very relaxing and sedative, often coming with a side of undeniable munchies. The cerebral effects are very euphoric and uplifting.


  • Trainwreck

THC Content: 12-21%, CBD Content: 0.02-0.1%

Trainwreck is a sativa-dominant hybrid. Sativas from Mexico and Thailand were bred to

indicas from Afghanistan to create this powerful strain. The story goes that the two brothers who created Trainwreck were growing the plant outdoors when a serious trainwreck occurred near their grow site. They chose to move the plants before they were discovered, hence the name: Trainwreck.


The high from Trainwreck is both cerebral and body oriented. The cerebral effects are euphoric and uplifting. The bodily effects are relaxing and fairly sedative. Many users report that the effects from Trainwreck are quite strong and couch-lock is common.


  • Purple Kush

THC Content: 17-27%, CBD Content: 0.07-0.1%

Purple Kush was developed in Oakland, California and its parent strains are Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani. It is a 100 percent indica strain. This is another popular strain for making hash as the resin is incredibly sticky.


The high from Purple Kush is a little different from most indicas. While most indicas creep up slowly and start with a cerebral high, Purple Kush begins with a serene state of relaxation and calm. Some users have reported that any mental effects present are slightly psychedelic nature.


  • White OG

THC Content: 24-28%, CBD Content: —

White OG is an indica-dominant hybrid created by Karma Genetics. Its parent strains are The White and SFV OG Kush. This strain won the Cannabis Cup in both 2010 and 2014. It is also a popular indoor growing strain.


The high is reported to be quite intense, due to the high THC content. Because it is indica-dominant, the high is very relaxing and sedative. Most users report a strong cerebral and bodily effect alike, and have experienced serious couch-lock. This strain is great for those looking for help falling/staying asleep.


  • Skunk #1

THC Content: 15-19%, CBD Content: 1%

Skunk #1 is one of the most famous cannabis strains of all time. This strain is a indica-dominant hybrid with a 35:65 sativa/indica ratio. It was created roughly 30 years ago in Holland and is a mix of strains from South and Central America, Thailand and Afghanistan.


Even though it has a lower amount of THC when compared to other popular strains, it still packs a potent punch. There is a significant cerebral effect, but the whole body will feel relaxed and calm as well. The head high is mostly uplifting and mildly energizing.


  • Purple Goo

THC Content: 18-20%, CBD Content: 0.1-0.69%

Purple Goo is an indica-dominant hybrid, with parent strains of Afghani Goo and Purple Kush. This strain is fairly potent and is not recommended for beginners. The buds are nearly neon green in color with orange and purple hairs.


The high from Purple Goo is reported to be quite intense, with both cerebral and bodily effects. Because this strain is an indica it generally promotes a state of relaxation and euphoria. It also said to provide a sort of spiritual uplifting for its users.


  • Afghan Kush

THC Content: 13-22%, CBD Content: 0.3-0.6%

Afghan Kush is another strain from the Hindu Kush mountains. Its parent strains are of Aghani lineage but aren’t known for sure. It is almost 100 percent indica. The strain’s resin is very sticky, making it another popular strain for making hash.


The high from Afghan Kush is primarily felt in the body. Most users report having the intense desire to sleep or the feeling of complete laziness. Many users also have euphoric sensations after consuming it. This is another strain that often gives consumers a serious case of the munchies.


  • Bubble Gum

THC Content: 13-19%, CBD Content: —

Bubble Gum was developed in Indiana, was moved to New England and then settled in Holland. It took many years to develop the signature sweet smell of this indica-dominant strain. Bubble Gum has won four High Times Cannabis Cups.


The high from Bubble Gum is reported to be extremely euphoric. There is significant couch-lock with this strain and most users feel a powerful sedative effect. Many users also report great artistic and creative inspiration with this strain.


  • Purple Urkle

THC Content: 18-26%, CBD Content: 0.36%

Purple Urkle is one of the most famous indica strains in existence. The exact origins of Purple Urkle are unknown. It is thought to be descended from a phenotype of Mendocino Purps or possibly from Grandaddy Purple. What is known is that it originated somewhere in Humboldt County in California sometime during the 1980s. This strain is commonly referred to as “Purple Urple” and “The Urkle”.


The high from Purple Urkle is often described as making the users feel lethargic and relaxed. The high THC content makes this strain incredibly potent and often just a couple hits is enough to do the trick. This strain is often used to treat insomnia and to help users fall asleep.


  • Grape Ape

THC Content: 18-25%, CBD Content: —

Grape Ape is bred by Apothecary Genetics and Barney’s Farm. This strain is indica-dominant and is a cross of Mendocino Purps, Skunk and Afghani. Most buds are a dark green, although certain phenotypes can produce red and purple buds as well.


The high from Grape Ape tends to come on very slowly but hit the users hard when it does. Because it is an indica, the high is felt more in the body and tends to have an intense sedative effect. This strain is relatively potent as well, making the effects stronger than other fellow indicas.


  • Purple Haze

THC Content: 14-26%, CBD Content: —

Purple Haze was made by popular by Jimi Hendrix in 1967 when he released a song of the same name. This sativa has been around for decades and its parent strains are Haze and Purple Thai. The buds are easily identified by their dark purple hairs and milky colored trichromes.


The high from Purple Haze is primarily cerebral. Users report high amounts of euphoric sensations as well as a major boost in energy and mood. The bodily component of the high is milder than that of most other strains, although a slight warming sensation may be felt beginning at the head and slowly spreading throughout the body.


  • Lemon Kush

THC Content: 17-26%, CBD Content: 1%

Lemon Kush is a popular hybrid, though its exact lineage depends on the breeder. In most cases the parent strains are Master Kush and Lemon Joy. Other breeders such as Alien Genetics have added Lemon G and Afghan Kush into the mix. The buds, when crushed or ground up, have a sweet, lemony scent to them, hence the name.


The high from Lemon Kush also creeps up slowly. It is nearly an even 50:50 sativa/indica ratio so effects are both bodily and cerebral. Most users report enhanced focus as the main side effect of this strain. The body buzz is mild and many people have said they feel very clearheaded after consuming Lemon Kush.

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